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marginalized. it was the largest crowd since the funeral of pope john paul ii in 2005. they were join by spiritual leaders have to jewish, muslim, buddhist, and christian faiths, including the head of the orthodox church, the first to attend an installation mass in 1,000 years. there were also heads of state from 132 nations, including our own vice president biden. tomorrow, he meets with 30 delegations from other christian churches in major world faiths. friday, he addresses the foreign ambassadors assigned to the holy see. friday, something that hasn't happened in 700 years, the pope meets with his predecessor, benedict xvi. all there before palm sunday mass. we start with nbc's claudio, and also with us, father james martin, jesuit priest and best selling author. his latest book, "together on retreat" hits book stores today. we start with you. you were there for the installation mass. what was it like for the thousands that packed the square? >> reporter: well, it was both exciting and unconventional in a way we were there, way early this morning. about 6:00 in the morning. three h
much to even go there? >> they are talking about it but i think it will be in john kerry's lap and he will be here saturday night. after going to jordan with the president we will double back to jerusalem, have dinner with netanyahu, have dinner with a couple of advisers on both sides, and they will try to move this along. it is a big stretch. my colleague, veteran journalist here, martin fletcher of nbc, says it is hard for them to come up with a new configuration. you have ynetanyahu out of a ne election. you have palestinian authority. so how you have negotiations and what the formula would be and israel surrounded byis lathe fund meantlism and war in syria, it just really is a very hard climb. but they said they are at least going to start. and i know that john kerry is very committed to this. >> andrea mitch they'll jerusalem. thanks so much, andrea. great information. >> my pleasure, thank you. >> with us now is a fellow from is a van center at middle east policy from brookings institution. as andrea just mentioned, israelis had an election of their own recently. prime minister
to know, who do you think is a bigger force in the music industry? prince, elton john, or justin timberlake? mark says prince, his musical energy has expand more. up next, on the heels of secretary kerry's surprise trip to iraq this weekend, a new book examines how the decision to get into that war compares to our entry into world war ii. [ male announcer ] you know that guy that paints landscapes and doberman pinschers, well he eats the liquid gold of velveeta shells and cheese. there is no limit to the human imagination. multidimensionality. liquid gold. eat like that guy you know. . >>> this afternoon, john kerry is in afghanistan for the first time as secretary of state. it comes after a surprise trip to iraq this week which included a meeting with prime minister noory in al maliki. they gather to celebrate the battle of nasiriyah. during the fight, 11 u.s. soldiers were killed and six were captured. ultimately, colonel bat operations in iraq lasted over eight years. about three years longer than world war ii. but unlike world war ii, the iraq war carries a tarnished legacy.
lawmakers in washington on the republican side see it as essential to change on immigration. john mccain, marco rubio, et cetera, are all behind that. the rank and file folks are not behind that at all. they've been sole this line this is amnesty. these people are takers for years. when you have somebody like ann coulter go to cpac and say i'm a one issue voter against amnesty. that continues to fuel the anti-compassionate potential for immigration reform. how are they going to change on this issue when the leadership is going in one direction and the rank and file and the media leaders are going in another? >> you know, i don't know. i think that's a civil war that is, hasn't really been fought out in earnest. i think it will get worse for republicans on immigration before it gets better. i've said this before. nothing sticks with me more than from my travels in the primary trail in the 2012 campaign than the intensity. primary voters in iowa had over immigration. i think a lot of people in the cities don't fully appreciate it. you see it firsthand. people are so upset about it. the
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